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Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is facing another defamation lawsuit by families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre for claiming the shooting was a hoax.   Relatives of six of the 26 victims and an FBI agent who responded to the school sued Jones in Bridgeport Superior Court in Connecticut on Wednesday. The families of two other victims filed similar lawsuits last month in Travis County, Texas, where Jones' media company, Infowars,... (Full Story)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Twitter says it's adding special labels to tweets from some U.S. political candidates ahead of this year's midterm elections. Twitter says the move is to provide users with "authentic information" and prevent spoofed and fake accounts from fooling users. The labels will include what office a person is running for and where. The labels will appear on retweets as well as tweets off of Twitter, such as when they are embedded in a news story. Twitter, along with Facebook... (Full Story)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018
A Moscow court sentenced Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny's spokeswoman to 25 days in jail on Wednesday for her role in organizing nationwide protests against President Vladimir Putin earlier this month. Around 1,600 anti-Kremlin activists were detained on May 5 during protests held ahead of Putin's inauguration for a fourth term as president. Police detained Kira Yarmysh, Navalny's spokeswoman, on Tuesday, accusing her of organizing an unauthorized... (Full Story)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov plans to visit North Korea, Russian news agencies quoted a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman as saying on Wednesday. Dates for the trip have yet to be agreed, she said. Earlier, the RBC news portal wrote that Lavrov would travel to North Korea on May 31. That would mean him visiting before a proposed summit in Singapore between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. On Tuesday, Trump cast doubt on plans for that meeting,... (Full Story)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Women working on tea plantations in northeast India earn a "pitiful" $2 a day and live in "appalling" conditions with almost no toilets, according to a report released on Tuesday. The investigation by the British charity Traidcraft Exchange found workers in the tea-growing state of Assam were paid 137 rupees ($2) a day, far below the minimum wage of 250 rupees. More than half are women. Assam is the largest producer of tea in India and its estates supply top brands... (Full Story)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) reminds the Egyptian authorities that they are responsible for the fate of Wael Abbas, a leading Egyptian journalist, blogger and activist who reported at dawn today on Facebook that he was being arrested at his home. His family has had no news of him since then. (Full Story)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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